How to Take Great Venue Photos
It can be hard to convey your venue's size, vibe, and potential to clients over the internet. Great pictures can help you show off your space and give your clients a better idea of the venue.
While it always helps to have a professional camera, you can still take great photos with a smartphone. That 12-megapixel camera is a powerful tool if you know how to use it!
Things you'll need:
- Camera with HDR mode (or iPhone)
- PhotoShop app (or other photo editing app)
The first step to a successful interior photo is finding the right angle. Look for the angle that makes the room look the biggest. You can experiment by shooting from the entrance of the room or straight on.
This shot, taken at an angle, makes the space look large and sprawling. A head-on angle might make the space look smaller and lack depth.
The second step is styling the room. Start by making sure the room isn't cluttered. It's best to check that the tables and chairs are aligned properly. When you take the pictures, the rooms should be fairly empty--customers distract from the space.
The third step is finding the correct exposure and ensuring your photo is in focus! This is where HDR mode (High Dynamic Range) helps. HDR mode takes three different versions of a photo and merges them together. This works best in spaces with harsh lighting. Your iPhone is outfitted with this mode too, so you don't need an expensive camera to take great pics. Using a tripod also helps ensure you get a high quality, in-focus photo.
Tip: Always try to shoot with windows behind you and avoid shootly into direct sunlight so your pictures don't turn out overexposed!
A straight-on shot of the bar makes it look large and inviting. The angled chairs also add to the pictures intruige.
The final step is taking your works of art and running them through a photo editing application. This app doesn’t have to be anything fancy, but it can help you fix any lighting issues that the HDR mode didn’t pick up as well as color correct your photo with the proper white balance.
There you have it, our guide on how to take great venue photos. You're well on your way to being a professional photographer. Don't forget to upload your new pictures to your VenueBook profile page!
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Topics: For Venue Managers